Week 3 started out with meeting my apprentice group at The Red Thread Apothecary. Saturday we worked on our groups values, asks and agreements with one another to make the space safe and comfortable for all of us to be and learn with one another. We also worked on getting the garden prepped for the season which included pruning raspberries, mulberries, and blackberries, removing drip tape and tilling the soil, and harvesting violets around the property.
We also harvested bleeding hearts for making a flower essence. These are considered to be the vibrational imprint of a flower that has been transferred and stabilized in water. We each harvested about 8 flowers, placed them in a glass bowl with water and let them sit outside over night. Then the next day we blended the water with a small amount of brandy to preserve the essence. These extractions are mainly used to promote awareness of emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances and can be used in healing practices such as herbalism and kinesiology.
Our group also met on Wednesday evening to listen to a guest speaker share their knowledge about herbalism. Rose, who works at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic, has been an herbalist for over 5 years and had so much amazing information to share with our group about different kinds of energies and how to use plant energies to help stabilize an unbalanced individual.
Along with this time spent with Red Thread there was a lot of work done at GRuB. Tuesday we were able to transplant lettuce out into the field, weed wack a majority of the cover crops so it could be tilled, and we have been troubleshooting how to work with a significant rodent problem in the greenhouse. Each day we thought the seeds would be safe we would arrive to find all the seeds dug up and eaten. So there was a lot of time put into reseeding everything repeatedly, setting up traps and getting the greenhouse as cleaned up as possible in order to find any loop holes.
Other than the rodent issue we also replanted two different plots of strawberries with the youth, set up drip tape in both of the high tunnels, seeded some radishes, and harvested the rest of the winter spinach and donated it to the food bank.